LECOM is a private, non-profit institution offering professional programs in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. The College has three locations, Erie, PA, Bradenton, FL and Greensburg, PA. LECOM School of Pharmacy is a single school operating out of two locations, offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree through three pathways; an accelerated three year pathway in Erie, PA, a traditional four year pathway in Bradenton, FL and a four year distance education pathway, available to students living throughout the United States.
The mission of the LECOM School of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacy professionals committed to providing high-quality, ethical, and empathetic patient-centered care to serve the needs of a diverse population. Through the integration of sciences with critical thinking skills and effective communication we prepare future pharmacists to be strong patient advocates and leaders in their communities, in professional associations, and in research activities.
The LECOM School of Pharmacy offers the professional program in pharmacy leading to the Doctorate in Pharmacy Degree. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the LECOM School of Pharmacy offers three learning pathways: a year-round, three-year curriculum in Erie, PA, a four-year traditional curriculum in Bradenton, FL, and a four-year distance education pathway. Students attend a minimum of two years at accredited undergraduate schools and three or four years of professional pharmacy education at LECOM. The innovative, year-round curriculum at the Erie campus enables students to earn their degrees and enter the pharmacy profession one year earlier, but all three curricula offer the same spectrum of didactic courses, credit hours, and pharmacy practice experiences.
The Doctor of Pharmacy program integrates science and hands-on practical experience. The professional program is structured around an outcomes-based curriculum emphasizing the basic sciences, pharmacy practice and professional experiences. Students are exposed to early involvement in pharmacy practice that provides valuable learning experiences for their future careers as pharmacists. This also allows a progressive development of students' professional communication skills, and a true appreciation of pharmaceutical care concepts. Strong emphasis is placed on professionalism and life-long learning.
The College designed its facilities so that every detail lends itself to the mission of teaching students how to care for patients. All LECOM facilities offer the latest instructional technology. Lecture halls have 'smart classroom' equipment with wireless and wired computer network connections for student laptops and tablets. Classrooms offer multi-media presentations, and in the larger lecture halls, instructors control and illustrate presentations from a computer tablet at the lectern. An online learning management system is available to augment student education. The LECOM School of Pharmacy curriculum includes laboratory demonstrations and hands-on exercises, which prepare our students to compound extemporaneous and intravenous preparations. Students also participate in small group sessions to develop application, communication, and other skills needed for the pharmacy profession.
LECOM encourages student involvement and leadership in community service activities. LECOM students continue to demonstrate that "The Community is Our Campus". The LECOM School of Pharmacy has many officially recognized clubs and organizations. The students are actively involved in various community service events. LECOM was a national award recipient of the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenges. Off-campus housing options are available and are conveniently located near the School at both campuses.
LECOM is a member of the Millcreek Health System, which includes Millcreek Community Hospital, LECOM, Millcreek Geriatric, Education and Care Center, Medical Associates of Erie physician offices, and the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center. The LECOM School of Pharmacy is affiliated with over 1,800 practice sites to provide experiential rotations for its students. Chartered in 1992, LECOM's enrollment has grown to more than 2,700 students.
For more information about LECOM, please visit http://www.lecom.edu
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The applicant needs to complete all pharmacy prerequisites with a minimum grade of C (70%) in each course by July 1 prior to matriculation.
All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by July 1 prior to matriculation into the LECOM School of Pharmacy. General Education Electives should be taken in subject areas other than the above prerequisites, such as humanities and social sciences.LECOM School of Pharmacy will not accept CLEP credits for prerequisite courses. Advanced placement credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 3 or higher. International baccalaureate credits will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework with a score of 4 or higher.
* If you apply and are accepted to multiple LECOM PharmD programs (traditional, accelerated, and/or distance) you may deposit into only one of these programs.
LECOM requires all applicants to submit a LECOM Supplemental Application. Once LECOM receives the PharmCAS application, qualified applicants will receive an e-mail message providing information and instructions regarding how to complete the Supplemental Application. The e-mail message will include a username and password to access the secure LECOM Candidate Portal to complete the Supplemental Application and submit the $50 non-refundable application fee. Payment of the $50 application fee is required at the time you submit your application. The LECOM Supplemental Application is very brief, and LECOM encourages you to complete it as soon as possible. The deadline date for submitting the LECOM Supplemental Application is April 1, 2015. The application will not be processed by LECOM until both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Application are submitted.
Due to the LECOM process of Rolling Admissions, it is recommended that applicants take the PCAT prior to January of the year of matriculation. The applicant must arrange for Harcourt Assessment to send the PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS by (select PCAT code 104). LECOM requires the PCAT. However, an exception may be granted for applicants who have or will be completing at least a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university prior to matriculation. If selected for an interview, a written assessment will be performed during the on-site interview for those previously mentioned individuals who been granted an exception for completing the PCAT. Acceptance into the program will be contingent upon completion of the bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.
Accepted students must sign a matriculation agreement and must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.
All of the prerequisite course requirements must be taken at an accredited college/university in the United States by July 1st prior to matriculation. LECOM does not consider foreign transcript evaluations.
LECOM School of Pharmacy requires two letters of recommendation. One of the letters must be from a science professor. The other letter can be from anyone else except a friend, family member or co- worker. A letter of recommendation from a pharmacist is recommended. All letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS. PharmCAS allows students to submit up to four letters of recommendation. PharmCAS will send the letters to the schools you apply to once they receive them from your recommender.
Applicants being considered for admission will be invited for an on-site interview on a rolling basis between October and May. Therefore, those applying early may have a greater chance for acceptance. The on-site interview will give the applicant an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students, as well as learn more about the school and the pharmacy program.
LECOM is accepting applications for the Distance Education pathway only from the 48 mainland states of the United States. As well, applications from students living in some states may not be accepted depending on state authorization rules and regulations in place. LECOM will make every effort to inform applicants of these issues in a timely manner.